Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and welcome margaritas are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Every spacious suite contains a living area and kitchenette
- Individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland: One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools
- The eight-room boutique property has a glam past: Raquel Welch stayed here, and Vogue and Italian Elle have used the property as a photo shoot location
What To Know
- Free WiFi and calls to the U.S.
- Legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez designed the property; it's recently received a facelift from her grandson, Alexander
- The apartments are nestled back along the Rio Cuale, away from the chaos of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist zone
- Many of the suites have room for up to five people, perfect for groups or family reunions
- Each guestroom has its own unique layout; specific rooms are not guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Picture yourself in a photo shoot at this all-villa boutique resort in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. The four-room, four-suite property has hosted such Hollywood celebs as Raquel Welch and served as the backdrop for spreads in Vogue and Italian Elle. It’s easy to see why: The individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland. In the Green Room you’ll find pastel cherubs painted on the walls, a giant brass chandelier and a deep green soaking tub in the black marble bathroom. The two-story Candelaria suite skews pink, with a black-and-rose checkerboard floor, pink-and-turquoise satin linens and an ornate trompe l’oeil headboard with (real) candelabras on either side of the bed. And in the Carlotta suite, a huge Venetian crystal chandelier hangs above a cherrywood dining table, and twinkling wall lights bounce off the room’s handmade mosaic flooring (don’t worry, the lights have a dimmer). One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools.
In the Area
Rivera del Rio’s prime location in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, just south of Rio Cuale, makes it easy to get around this bustling beach town. Wander down to Playa los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beach, for a day of sunbathing and beach bar hopping in this quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood; city ordinances mandate the district’s white buildings and red tile roofs, and they prohibit neon signs. Or venture north of the river to explore the renowned Malecon and the picturesque Gringo Gulch neighborhood; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reportedly began their affair there while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1963. To get away from the touristy zone, take a 45-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa, a no-car island village with only 1,500 residents, many of them hippies and artists. Water sports aplenty are on offer, but no one would blame you for spending the day on the beach, feasting on fresh coconut slices and chocolate pie sold by vendors on the beach.
How to Get There
We stayed here for 7 nights in the Alejandro Penthouse Suite. Very large suite complete with large master bedroom, sitting room with TV, kitchen, and a very spacious stunning terrace. Great pool and jacuzzi area, a wonderful complimentary breakfast is included each morning.
Amazing staff, and we thank each of every one of them for making our stay so comfortable.
We highly recommend this lovely boutique hotel.
We loved staying here for a few days recently. The hotel itself has an appealingly eclectic style, therefore I took a few pictures which I've included. There are eye-catching pictures here and there or charming curiosities and furnishings.
The concierge was warm and helpful, providing information on the local area such as suggestions for where to eat or drink or options for things you can do and how to do them.
In the morning someone will make you a delicious breakfast and then later a frozen margarita or whatever else you may fancy.
The hotel has an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi on the roof and only 8 rooms, which meant that during our stay more often than not you'd have either or both to yourself, simply because other guests were elsewhere.
It's hard not to have a large grin on your face when drinking your frozen margarita sitting in the Jacuzzi on the roof looking out at the town and mountains beyond, you feel very fortunate.
We had the penthouse, which is delightful, has a giant bed, kitchen and a large terrace to sit and enjoy the sun.
Location wise it is not caught up within the main hubbub of town, but there are plenty of lovely places to eat and drink within a few minutes’ walk, whether you want somewhere vibrant or a quiet supper. Outside the front door is the river, which you can follow for an interesting walk down to the beach, or to stop for a bite to eat by the river.
All the rooms are very nice, from the smallest, the Scarlet, to the largest suites. The rooftop pools are great at the end of day after spending the day about town. I recommend that you spend at least 3 nights there to really enjoy all of the hotel’s features. We were lucky enough to stay a week and loved it.
super neat space, amazing staff, great location, will be back! the pool and bar, with hot tub on the roof was super special. The continental breakfast was above and beyond as well. Very pleased with our last min booking decision.
I don’t usually submit reviews but this was an amazing experience. The hotel is a series of different and unique suites-think Hearst Castle meets Don Quixote-beautifully appointed with original paintings and amazing chandeliers etc. But the best part was that as a woman traveling alone I felt safe and well taken care of. Grant is an incredible human-they are lucky to have him. And the made from scratch that morning homemade ranchero sauce was highly addictive. I could walk all the way to the ocean via the river route which was dotted with cool flea markets. I will definitely return!